Chile 2007

Race report - Chile no2 29.9.07


Yesterday was the 2nd world cup in Chile, after getting 6th in the first one I had some expectations for this one.

My first qualifying run was ok but my next was a second faster so I qualified in 8th position which was good because that meant that I got 2nd lane choice when starting the heats.

My first heat was a difficult one, I was up against 3 good girls including the winner of the qualification. And I won it! I got into the lead right away and everytime I looked back over my shoulder on the way down the others were farther behind me.

So I was now through to the next round, easily. I was in 3rd coming out of the 1st burm but I had more speed than the girl in front so I was moving to overtake while coming up to a jump, unfortunately I didn’t suck up the jump properly so I went flying! When I landed I was almost even with her but I was also about 5m away from the landing. I went down pretty hard, I did have some luck though because the girl behind me didn’t land on my head. I got up, hopped up the next jump and finished the course anyway.

Now for the small final. One girl went down right at the start, then going into the 3rd burm the girl directly in front of me speed checked so I thought “right then I am going to pass you around here” I took the high line and she took the low. I got level with her by the end of the turn but we came out heading towards each other and collided causing us both to crash. I got up faster than she did but with no speed got passed by the girl who had fallen right at the start!

I finished the race in 7th having fought the whole way through.

Annoyingly the girl who I beat in my first heat went on to win the whole competition.

The best part about this competition is with the way I was riding here I now know I can beat all these girls so the outlook for the season is really good.

Oh yeah and I am still ranked 6th in the world!



Zoe Gillings


Race report - Chile no1 26.9.07

First qualifying run I got 100m out of the gate before 2 guys with flags stopped me saying the girl in front had fallen. As a result I had to hike back up and start again, not really a problem but it does mess with your head a bit. My first for real run was ok, a couple of mistakes but nothing bad. That put me into 9th place. I usually mess up my first run completely and have to rely on my second one to qualify so it was a nice change to get into the top 16 on my first run for once.

My second run was better but the snow had softened by then so the time was actually a little slower. By the end of it all I was in 12th.

First heat. Got into the first burm in second and stayed there. I almost hit the girl in front over the penultimate just but didn’t thankfully. We got across way in front of the other 2 so I was now through to the next round!

Second heat. I was the underdog so to speak in this heat as I had the slowest qualifying time and consequently the last lane choice. I was also incredibly nervous! In all my world cups last year I had collided with someone in my first heat so this was the first time I had been in the second round for ages. This heat didn’t go well, I messed up the rollers at the start and then almost bailed on 2 of the kickers! I didn’t get through that round which meant I was in the small final.

Small Final. I had managed to calm myself down a bit so I had stopped shaking at least. I got into the first burm first! Unfortunately to get there I had to cut in front of the other girls and lost some speed doing that., I was then in second. I thought we were both going down in the second burm but didn’t. Then it was a job of holding my line and fending off the girls behind me. I managed it. All the way down to take 6th.

So I finished 6th. Not a bad start to the season. We have anther comp the day after tomorrow so I have heaps of confidence going into that one. Plus I also have the line on the 3rd burm down to a tea so that should help in qualifying.

Oh yeah and I am now ranked 6th in the world,